We know many locals and visitors from near and far make their way to the spectacular fireworks show at Marina del Rey every year. We’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 things you need to know about 4th of July in L.A.’s Marina as you make your celebration plans. This is a fun, energy-filled day and evening. Read on for essential information to help you enjoy the holiday.
1. The fireworks show starts at 9 p.m. and lasts 20 minutes.
2. Best free spots on land for viewing the fireworks: Burton Chace Park and Fisherman’s Village. Synchronized music will be played over loudspeakers at Burton Chace Park and Fisherman’s Village. Bonus: R&B band “Friends” will be performing at Fisherman’s Village from 2-8 p.m.
3. Best spots on the water to view fireworks: Book your tickets for the Hornblower observation cruises. Or charter a yacht to get the best seats in the harbor. (Cost varies, but well worth it if it’s in your budget!). Check out our list of licensed charters and rentals in Marina del Rey.
4. Feel like dinner and a fireworks show? Click here to see a list of hotels and restaurants offering deals, outdoor patio seating and special parties so you and your crew can celebrate with a bang!
5. To avoid traffic, arrive before 1 p.m. and plan to be in the Marina for the rest of the day until the fireworks show at 9 p.m. Read #4 above for ideas on what you can do to fill those hours.
- If traveling by car, arrive early in the Marina and try to find parking no later than 1 p.m. Find parking map here.
- If biking, a stretch of the Marvin Braude Coastal Bike Trail from the UCLA Marina Aquatics Center to the southside of the La Ballona Bridge will be closed from 8:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
7. As we pointed out in #5 and #6, local street closures are planned to start as early as 1 p.m. The following two major roads–Admiralty Way from Palawan Way to Fiji Ways as well as the stretch of Lincoln Blvd. from Washington Blvd. to Jefferson Blvd.–will shut down from 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Find out more about road closures here.
8. Be prepared to walk if you take a rideshare! Your driver will need to find a safe spot away from main roads (Admiralty Way, Via Marina, Lincoln Blvd.) but the reality is, you will most likely hoof it to your destination.
9. Did you know the US Army Corps of Engineering helped build Marina del Rey? Visit the Marina del Rey Historical Society Museum from 12-5 p.m. on 4th of July at Fisherman’s Village to see photos and learn more.
10. Make sure to grab a free American flag on the grass outside of the Marina del Rey Visitors Center (corner of Admiralty Way and Mindanao Way).
For more information, go to http://bit.ly/MDRJuly4